Fall Driving Tips
It’s that time of year again where the leaves are bursting with color and attracting people from all over. Leaf peeping, as many refer to, is beautiful and relaxing, but you still need to pay attention to the road, and potential hazards. We can enjoy all the vibrant roadside colors while remaining safe. Let’s take a look at a few fall driving tips to ensure you have the best experience possible while on the road.
1. Pay extra attention to the road and obstructions that may exist. Leaves will be falling and blowing all around so make sure you are aware of the road ahead. Leaves that coat the road can become dangerous especially when wet. When wet they can be just as dangerous as ice resulting in poor stopping power and maneuverability. In addition to fewer leaves providing slippery roads, they may also cause poor visibility of road markings. Use your discretion when you notice leaves are abundant because they may coverup painted lines, manhole covers, potholes, and other hazards that may damage your vehicle.
2. Keep an extra pair of sunglasses in the car. During the fall months, the sun is rising and setting at different times. This causes more glare on your daily commute that is not only annoying but could prove to be hazardous. Make use of those sunglasses and don’t forget your sun visor will greatly help. Less daylight means that you will be using your lights more often. Make sure all functions and bulbs are working properly to stay safe on the roadways, not only for you but for those in the surroundings.
3. Fall is that in-between time of the year where it is warm during the day and the temperature falls at night. As fall progresses there may even be a slight frost at night. Make sure your defroster is working properly, and that you have a sufficient means of removing the frost, so you can drive safely. You don’t want to be that person looking through a small hole that you managed to defrost as you drive down the road. Also, make sure to get a windshield washer fluid that contains a defrosting agent. It will greatly help and save you a couple of steps while cleaning off your car.
4. One of the most important changes in the fall months is the increase of deer activity. As we know deer can cause a lot of damage to our vehicles, so it is important to be extra cautious as it is the breeding season for deer and they will be highly active. Deer are less cautious during the breeding season and take more chances crossing roadways. Keep an eye out for deer all day but mostly during sunrise and sunset hours.